The Best Ever: Easy Cake Recipe (Any Flavor You Want!!!)

If your going to make cake, you want it to be the best and easiest cake ever!!!

One of my favorite things in life (along with coffee and a good Hallmark movie) is cake! I LOVE cake! Not just any cake, but the most delicious, flavorful, moist cake that you have ever tasted! Dry cake? NO! It’s absolutely NOT worth the calories! So, several years ago, when I started making my babies’ birthday cakes myself, my Godmother (not a fairy, but quite magical still) gave me this super easy cake recipe!!!

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My Godmother, a.k.a Jeannine comes from a long line of wonderful bakers! Now that her mother has passed on, she and her sister pass recipes back and forth.  Occasionally I get lucky enough to get one of those passed on to me!

This easy cake recipe is a doctored cake mix, but it absolutely rivals any bakery cake I have ever tasted. I have tried quite a few recipes for cake from scratch, and so far they haven’t come close! One day I hope to find a scratch recipe that stays moist and tender, but until then, this is my go-to! I have used it for birthday cakes, cupcakes, and wedding cakes… I use this recipe 99% of the time that I bake a cake and it does not disappoint!

This recipe makes a very moist cake. I have played with the ingredients a little over the years to attempt to tweak it to perfection! Give it a try! It’s a super simple recipe, I hope you love it as much as we do!

The Best Ever: Easy Cake Recipe

A wonderfully moist, delicious cake that can be whipped up & in the oven in 10 minutes!
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Dessert


  • Cake pans


  • 1 box cake mix flavor and brand of your choice (I prefer Duncan Hines). Sift if you desire... I don't! =)
  • 1 box (small) instant pudding
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk I usually use whole milk with a squirt of lemon
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp self-rising flour (for yellow and white cake mixes) Optional, but especially important for yellow cake mixes that seem to come out very heavy and pound cake like! =)


  • Mix all ingredients together. Your batter will be very thick.

  • Bake according to box time based on the type of pan you are using, but you may have to add an extra couple of minutes. (see note below about oven temperatures)
  • Pour batter into prepared pan(s). Prepare with Baking spray or vegetable oil and flour. You may also choose to cut a parchment paper round for the bottom of a layer cake to help ensure that your cake releases without difficulty.


It's always a good idea to know how your oven bakes (I have to turn my oven down by about 25 degrees). You can purchase an oven thermometer for less that $5 at your local supermarket. If you don't want to go to the trouble, watch your cake a little more closely than usual.
* When using a yellow cake mix, I typically add 1-2 tablespoons of self-rising flour to the mix. Otherwise the cake can be a little dense-although still delicious! For some reason, the chocolate cake mix does not do this.

Ideas For Everyday

Everyday Simple-Bake your cake in a 9×13 casserole dish and frost with your favorite frosting.

Everyday Special– Bake cake in 2- 8 inch round cake pans like these and frost with an off-set spatula with my favorite frosting or even pipe the icing on cupcakes and top with sprinkles!

Please let me know if you try this recipe and how you like it!




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